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Testing Services Can Help Prevent Allergic Reactions to Food Allergens

EMSL Analytical offers food allergen testing services to protect the public and help manufacturers comply with food labeling regulations.


Cinnaminson, NJ, May 3, 2013

Last month, ABC News published a story about things people should know about food allergens. The article states that approximately 1% of the total population, and 8% of children, has a food allergy. It also reports that close to 200 people die each year due to reactions to food allergens.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.”

One of the leading food testing companies providing allergen testing services in North America is EMSL Analytical, Inc. EMSL’s food laboratories provide food allergen testing services to the general public, food processors, distributors and retailers.

EMSL Analytical can test for the following food allergens, among others:

  • Almond Allergen
  • Brazil Nut Allergen
  • Casein Allergen
  • Cashew Allergen
  • Crustacea Allergen
  • Egg Allergen
  • Gliadin (Gluten) Allergen
  • Hazelnut Allergen
  • Lupine Allergen
  • Macadamia Allergen
  • Mustard Allergen
  • Peanut Allergen
  • Pistachio Allergen
  • Sesame Allergen
  • Shellfish Allergen
  • Soy Allergen
  • Soy Flour Allergen
  • Total Milk Allergen
  • Walnut Allergen

“While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, food regulations identify the eight most common allergenic foods,” reported Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Director at EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading food allergen and labeling company. “These foods account for 90 percent of allergic reactions to food and are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived. EMSL utilizes highly sensitive and specific detection methods to identify the eight most common food allergens and a wide range of others,” she continued.

EMSL has sponsored an online video about food allergens that can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for food allergens or other food testing services, please visit: or, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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